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5 Money-Saving Tips for Father’s Day Grilling

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Make Dad’s day special without breaking the bank

Throw a Father’s Day-worthy cookout without spending a lot.

Thinking about throwing Dad a special outdoor Father’s Day bash? Then you’re going to need some money-saving tips. By the time you buy a few premium steaks and a nice bottle of whisky for some dad-approved cocktails, you can easily spend more than you would have at a moderately priced restaurant.

Click here to see the 5 Money Saving Tips for Father’s Day Grilling (Slideshow)

Luckily, you don’t have to skip all of Dad’s favorites in order to host an affordable party — you just need to know a few money-saving tips. We spoke to savings expert Jeanette Pavini (who has written more than 10,000 articles chock-full of money-saving advice) about Father’s Day, and she had some great ideas for anyone who’s planning to do some grilling this Father’s Day.

By knowing what to shop for (and when to buy it) you can give Dad a barbecue worthy of his special day without going broke!

Jeanette Pavini is an award-winning savings expert who has contributed to the blog, The Wall Street Journal, and Market Watch. Her 30-minute Emmy-nominated show, The Daily Real, ran for 10 years on CBS and NBC and has received eight Press Club Awards for Best Program. Jeanette has also been featured as a guest on the TODAY Show and Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family Show.

Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.

14 Slow Cooker Recipes Perfect for Father’s Day

Wondering what to make for dad this Father’s Day? Let’s go against type for a moment. Just because he’s a man, that doesn’t mean he’s automatically drawn to steak, beer, and grilling tongs like a fly to the lone lantern on a dark summer night. Red meat and booze are OK for some dads, but others feel better celebrating Father’s Day with foods they won’t feel bad about chowing down on, or at least, less stereotypical options.

This diverse group of Chowhound slow cooker recipes represent a gentler, healthier, more global holiday repertoire. There’s something for a dad who loves Mexican cuisine, vegetarian eating, assorted Asian dishes, desserts, breakfast, Cajun fare, and soul food. Bonus: They all essentially cook themselves, so you and Dad can go do something fun together. (And if he does want a meaty rack of ribs, you can make those in the slow cooker too.)

1. Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers

This is a supper that totally defies Father’s Day tradition. For your nontraditional dad, vegetarian dad, or simple veggie-focused father, go with this dish. The feta lends a nice salty flavor, and the beans make it heftier. Get our Slow Cooker Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers recipe.

2. Italian-Style Chicken

For fathers who favor Italian fare, this Crock-Pot version of Chicken Cacciatore will warm his heart and belly. Chicken thighs do better in a Crock-Pot than chicken breasts because they don’t dry out as easily. Make sure to serve it all over creamy polenta. Get our Slow Cooker Italian-Style Chicken.

3. Braised Lemongrass Pork Chops

The Southeast Asian flavor of lemongrass, the fact that this is pork rather than beef, and rice rather than potatoes, make this a more exciting dish to make for a dad who likes Vietnamese, Thai, Malaysian, and Filipino food. It’s still a hunk of meaty pork, slow-cooked in a savory sauce. That’s gotta be good. Get our Slow Cooker Braised Lemongrass Pork Chops recipe.

4. Steel-Cut Oats

If you’ve got health-nut Dad, make him a bowl of creamy steel-cut oatmeal to start his big day. The long cooking time makes these oats hard to execute on a weekday morning. Top it with dried fruit, nuts, and/or maple syrup—remember, it’s his day. Get our Slow-Cooker Steel-Cut Oats recipe.

5. Chicken Tacos

Tacos are the ideal kickback thing to serve Dad on his day. No fuss, forks. Serve this delicious, moist shredded chicken in warmed tortillas, with Tomatillo Guacamole Salsa and other taco accessories. Get our Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos recipe.

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6. Collard Greens

Greens aren’t something you automatically think to drag out the Crock-Pot for, but on Father’s Day—while you take Dad out to the ballpark—your slow cooker can be doing the important work of making an amazing vegetable side. Get our Slow Cooker Collard Greens recipe.

7. Ranch Beans

Soak the beans overnight and then put them in the slow cooker with beef broth, tomato sauce, chili powder, ancho chile, garlic, jalapeño, and a ham hock for some rich, smoky flavor Dad will dig. Get our Ranch-Style Pinto Beans recipe.

8. Ramen

You could spend three days making ramen for Dad, or you could spend 30 minutes, with a nine-hour unsupervised simmer in the Crock-Pot. It’s a win-win: Dad gets something delicious, you get more quality time with Dad. Get Kim Laidlaw’s Slow Cooker Pork Ramen recipe.

9. Veggie Stew

Squash, chickpeas, Yukon golds, carrots, parsnips, spinach, even raisins, for added sweetness—this is a slow-cooked vegan feast for the kind of yoga-loving Dad who craves nothing more than to share a healthy, compassionate meal with his loved ones. Get our Slow Cooker Root Vegetable Stew recipe.

10. Shrimp Gumbo

Does dad wish he was in New Orleans? Let your Crock-Pot do most of the heavy lifting for this dish that will transport him there. All you have to do is brown some all-purpose flour in the oven, whisk it into a smooth roux with chicken broth, quickly brown the andouille sausage, and combine everything but the shrimp in your slow cooker’s crock for a five-hour simmer. The shrimp is added 30 minutes before the gumbo is done. Get our Slow Cooker Shrimp Gumbo recipe.

11. Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Soup

A 4-hour cooking session for the squash, red pepper, carrots, onion, and a bit of cumin and maple syrup yields a nourishing and complex-tasting vegan soup, the perfect centerpiece for a Father’s Day supper with the family. The roasted chickpea garnish adds texture and a nutritional boost. Get our Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Soup recipe.

12. Chicken Mole

With an entire can of chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, along with ancho chiles and almonds, this mole is nicely spicy without being overbearing. Prep is a breeze: Just blend everything up, put it in the slow cooker with some chicken, and forget about it for 4 to 8 hours. The recipe yields lots of extra sauce, so put some out with tortilla chips before serving it for dinner. Cool. Get our Slow Cooker Chicken Mole recipe.

13. Rice Pudding

Rice pudding is easy to begin with, but this method is basically hands-off. Just stir rice, milk, and sugar together in a slow cooker coated with butter and turn it on high. By the time the dinner dishes are cleared and Dad is craving something sweet, dessert will be ready. Stir in brown sugar, raisins, vanilla, cinnamon, and more milk to bump up the creaminess. Because it’s a special day, first soak the raisins in warm rum for 30 minutes. Get our Slow Cooker Rice Pudding recipe.

14. Peach Crumble

Mixing the topping with the peaches and simmering gently in the slow cooker, rather than baking, yields something rustic and relaxed, with an almost caramelized complexity. Give Dad a double portion, topped with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. Get our Slow Cooker Peach Crumble recipe.

Check out more of our Father’s Day-inspired recipes, or fire up the grill if you have one.

1. Jack Daniel’s Grilled Steak

Blow your Dad away this Father’s day with an exceptional steak like this. These tender steak strips are infused with a marinade made from jack daniels and soy sauce, a whiskey lovers dream!

This meal will look and taste like restaurant quality but is completely made at home. The secret to perfecting this steak is to cook it on high heat for a short amount of time. This will help lock in the luscious flavors. Don’t forget to marinade overnight for optimal flavor.

60 Best Father&rsquos Day Dinner Recipes to Celebrate Dad

What&rsquos the key to almost any man&rsquos heart? A delicious dinner, of course! Ree Drummond&rsquos husband, Ladd Drummond, can be difficult to shop for, but present him with a cowboy-approved meal and he&rsquos one happy dude. "He honestly would rather have a plate of delicious food than any material possession in the world," Ree says. Whether he&rsquos a classic meat-and-potatoes dad, like Ladd, or someone who&rsquos a little more adventurous, there&rsquos no better way to celebrate the #1 guy in your life than with these best Father&rsquos Day dinner recipes.

When it comes to delicious, easy dinner ideas for dads, we&rsquove got you covered&mdashfrom fancier sit-down meals to big family cookouts, and even some breakfast-for-dinner ideas he&rsquoll love. There are hearty classics like grilling recipes, steak recipes, burgers, and barbecue chicken, plus creative mains that are sure to impress. Looking for something a little bit fancy? Try a homemade version of bacon-wrapped filets for an elegant restaurant-style dinner. Prefer something more low-key? Whip up a quick sandwich, an easy pizza, or a heaping bowl of his favorite pasta recipe. No matter which menu you choose, the gift of a good dinner will show your dad, grandpa, husband, or any father figure just how much you care. Don&rsquot forget to serve it up with his favorite brand of beer or whiskey and an irresistible Father&rsquos Day dessert. It&rsquos the best Father&rsquos Day gift you give him!

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How to Cook Steak

To Grill&hellip
Heat grill to medium-high (for tri-tip, heat to medium). Oil the grate to prevent sticking (swipe with an oil-moistened paper towel, held with tongs). Grill the steak to the desired doneness. (See How to Cook Steak for more details.)

Or Sear&hellip
Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the steak to the desired doneness. (For tri-tip, you will also need to roast for the suggested time.)

Or Broil&hellip*
Heat broiler to high. Broil the steak to the desired doneness.

Then Let It Rest
Whichever method you use, let your steak rest on a cutting board, loosely tented with foil, for about 5 minutes before slicing. That time allows the meat fibers to relax and plump with juices that would spill onto the board if you sliced too soon.

*Unless broiling instructions are given for a cut of meat, broiling is not recommended. Why? Thinner cuts of meat won&rsquot brown, and if you have a gas broiler, the fattier cuts can start a fire.

9 Meaty Rib Recipes for Father’s Day

Yes, we know not all dads like stereotypically “masculine” things, but for those that do embrace their inner caveman when it’s time to eat, these rib recipes are the perfect thing to make for Father’s Day dinner.

If you’re planning to grill anyway, don’t futz around with wimpy hot dogs and sad frozen burger patties. Do something a little more special—paella is great for pescetarian dads, and it’s possible to pull off great vegetarian BBQ food too. But if your old man is firmly in the carnivore camp, show him you care by presenting him with slabs of ribs you’ve marinated, rubbed with spices, smoked, and slathered with homemade barbecue sauce.

And if you don’t have a grill, don’t sweat it—we have options for oven baked ribs, Crock Pot ribs, and Instant Pot ribs below too. In any case, you can do most of the prep work the day before, so you’ll have more time to chill with dad before dinner on his special day. Just remember to wear your mask if you haven’t already been quarantining together, and go for the elbow bump instead of a hug this year.

Oh, and don’t forget the rest of dinner: mix and match from these BBQ rib sides, and check out some cheeky mustache-shaped desserts or easy no-bake dessert recipes for sweet ways to end the meal.

Smoky-Sweet BBQ Beef Short Ribs

This is a serious rack of ribs, with real heft and deep beefy flavor. Finding the ribs will probably be the hardest part the actual cooking process is pretty laid back, beginning with a spicy-sweet dry rub best applied the day before. You can also make the smoky chipotle BBQ sauce ahead of time. Then on the day of, just roast the ribs in the oven until they’re super tender, and finish them on the grill to caramelize the outside. Get our Smoky-Sweet BBQ Beef Short Rib recipe.

Easy BBQ Baby Back Ribs

An equally easy approach (rub, roast, grill to finish) suits more common baby back ribs too. You can use smoked paprika if you want some extra hazy flavor, especially if you finish the ribs under the broiler instead of on a grill, which is a totally valid option. Get our Easy BBQ Baby Back Rib recipe.

Grilled Country-Style Pork Ribs

Another less famous cut, country-style pork ribs are more like steaks, meaty and boneless. They get a rub-down with brown sugar, chipotle and ancho chile, cumin, garlic powder, and onion powder and chill out overnight, then are cooked entirely on the grill until juicy and charred. Get our Grilled Country-Style Pork Rib recipe.

Vinegar and Spice Oven Baked Ribs

Oven baked ribs are not only easy, they’re incredibly succulent—and you can still get a sticky lacquer finish with a bit of char by cranking up the broiler at the end of cooking. These baby back ribs are simply seasoned with lots of garlic, cider vinegar, brown sugar, and lemon zest, but you can go with a more traditional sauce if you prefer. Get our Vinegar and Spice Oven Baked Rib recipe.

Related Reading: 11 Oven Baked Rib Recipes

Slow Cooker Bourbon BBQ Ribs

Another indoor option is to make Crock Pot ribs. Our Slow Cooker Bourbon BBQ Rib recipe submerges baby back racks in a super savory BBQ sauce with bacon, bourbon, and brewed coffee. Alone, it’s delicious, but combined with the dry rub on the meat, it’s next-level. We recommend giving these a brief run under the broiler too, after 4-5 hours in the crock.

Pressure Cooker Beef Short Ribs

If you’re in a hurry, Instant Pot ribs are an obvious choice. You can find Instant Pot baby back rib recipes galore, but we like a meatier cut best for this method. Our Pressure Cooker Beef Short Rib recipe uses what might sound like an odd ingredient—cola—to help balance the spicy rub, but it blends beautifully with the other ingredients to form a rich, beefy gravy that’s perfect over mashed potatoes.

Smoked Barbecue Baby Back Ribs

If you want to practice your smoking skills and really impress dad, these smoked baby back ribs are amazing. If you don’t have a smoker, you can hack a charcoal grill per the directions in our Smoked Barbecue Baby Back Rib recipe. We like our bourbon-bacon BBQ sauce with these too, but you can always use your favorite barbecue sauce instead.

Grilled Beef Kalbi

Korean BBQ is never a bad choice, and these thin-cut beef short ribs are an ideal choice for impatient eaters, too they only take 20 minutes to cook (though they do benefit from being marinated overnight). Get our Grilled Beef Kalbi recipe. And don’t skimp on the banchan—but don’t be afraid to pair these with potato salad either.

Grilled Korean Short Rib Kebabs

Don’t have all night to let your meat marinate? Our Grilled Korean Short Rib Kebab recipe only needs 4-6 hours to infuse the thinly sliced beef with great flavor. There’s a kick from garlic and Sriracha (try gochujang instead if you have it), but that’s balanced by soy, sesame oil, rice vinegar, brown sugar, and mirin.

Pineapple Upside-Down Pancakes

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4 slices pineapple, cut into rounds
1 1𠑂 tablespoons sugar
Pancake batter for 4 pancakes

1. Melt butter in a big ol’ pan that you can put in the oven, like cast-iron. Lay down the pineapple in a single layer. Sprinkle with sugar. Let cook over medium heat for a couple of minutes, until you smell greatness. Pour favorite pancake batter over the top. Place in 375ଏ oven for 10� minutes until it’s puffy, browned, and caramelized underneath.

2. Remove carefully and top it with real maple syrup, maybe a hit of powdered sugar. Feed people. Notice joy.

Sticky Ribs

  • 4 lbs. bone-in beef short ribs, cut into individual bones
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ozs. light beer
  • 1 cup light-brown sugar
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. freshly grated ginger
  • 2 tsp. crushed red-pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for serving

For outdoor grill method:

Prepare a charcoal grill using the snake method: Stack the unlit charcoals around the perimeter of the grill, forming a semicircle and leaving an empty space at the center. Light a few coals at one end so the “snake” begins to burn slowly. Fill a metal pan with about 1 cup water and place it in the empty space next to the coal. This helps maintain moisture.

Season the ribs liberally with salt and pepper and set aside.

Combine the liquid ingredients, sugar, spices, garlic and a few shakes of salt and pepper in a medium saucepan and whisk until smooth. Bring to a simmer over direct heat and cook until reduced by a third, about 30 minutes.

Place the ribs bone-side down on the grill over indirect heat. Close the grill and cook, brushing the ribs with the glaze every 30 minutes to an hour. Be sure to maintain a grill temperature between 275 to 350 degrees F. If the temperature gets too hot, close the airflow of the grill if the temperature cools down, open the airflow of the grill.

When an instant-read thermometer registers 200 degrees F, which may take between 3 to 3.5 hours, take the ribs off the grill, wrap in aluminum foil and let rest 10 to 15 minutes. Bring the remaining glaze back to a simmer over direct heat for several minutes. Garnish the ribs with the cilantro and serve with the remaining glaze on the side.

For oven method:

Alternatively, you can bake the ribs on a rimmed baking sheet in a 300 degrees F oven for 3 to 3.5 hours. Steps to make the glaze are the same.

Frugal Favorites

There is nothing more satisfying than enjoying every bite of a meal that's saving you money! Here are a few more recipes -- some of our personal favorites -- for the frugal cook inside all of us. From pizza pockets and skillet meals to stuffed peppers and pork chops, there is truly a dish for every preference below.

Sometimes most of your budget can go to snacking! Stop the cycle with this Crescent Rolls Pizza Pockets recipe. It's cheap and addictively delicious.

>>Pro Tip: Plan your meals ahead of time to make grocery shopping a breeze! Check out our free, printable, meal plan cards to help get you started.

This Cheesy Scalloped Pork Chops recipe is a hearty, comforting dinner. Make both your side dish and your pork chops at the same time with no fuss.

This Beefed Up Ramen Noodle Bake tastes like is like a cross between lasagna and American chop suey. And, of course, any recipe with ramen noodles is going to be delightfully inexpensive!

Don't spend $20 or more ordering delivery pizza! Make this super easy and MUCH cheaper pizza at home with a fun Tex-Mex twist. You might not have thought of taco pizza when you thought "poor man meals,' but this is truly one of our favorites.

These nice, simple meatballs are just as good as the ones your grandmother used to make. Top them off with plenty of ooey, gooey mozzarella cheese, and you have a perfect dinner.

One pan. One hour. Dinner is ready! This Creamy Tortellini Skillet will bring out the inner Italian in any chef. Pasta is inexpensive, but it sure does taste good!

This hearty recipe for Amish Sausage-Stuffed Green Peppers is packed with nutrients and protein. It'll fill you up, and the leftovers are wonderful served cold or hot.

Make this 10-Minute Peanut Butter Skillet Granola for a quick, sweet, crunchy, salty, fast snack recipe. It's great as a breakfast on the go or as a filler between meals!

Rise and shine and take a bite out of these Handheld Breakfast Quesadillas! Shake up your morning routine with this flavorful, bold breakfast on the go.

6 Ways to Delete Dull and Brighten Up Your Father's Day BBQ

Hot dogs, burgers, ribs OH MY! Father's Day is here and what better way to celebrate than an afternoon backyard barbeque with your family and friends. Everyone has their own spin on party hosting, but the key to a fun, successful Father's Day BBQ is to create a laid-back, entertaining environment for all your guests!

1. Select the Perfect Father's Day Grill For Dad. and may I suggest a Weber grill!

A fun and easy way to ensure a variety of food options that everyone will love (even your picky eaters) is to have each guest bring their favorite BBQ side. A potluck style barbeque will take some of the pressure off you while adding a personal touch from each guest. This will allow you to focus on the grilling and the presentation.

There is no need to stress over the small stuff when planning your Father's Day barbeque. You can effortlessly enhance your backyard with vibrant outdoor beanbags. Not only does adding outdoor beanbags create comfortable seating options, they will also add spice to any patio. Another way to easily add style to your yard while adding seating is to quickly inflate the cool and new Lamzac&trade the Original. It is fun to watch, easy to do, and your guests will envy your trendiness.

3. The Perfect Backyard Barbeque Playlist

Have a rocking playlist with a variety of tunes! No party is complete without some awesome tunes! Make a playlist that sets the mood for a fun afternoon in the sun. Add a variety so that all your guests are entertained. And as the evening progresses, invite your guests to lounge in the shade or perhaps on a hammock. After all who doesn’t love swaying and sipping on their favorite drink with great friends?

4. Breakout the Backyard Games

No matter how young or how old, everyone loves a friendly backyard game. From horseshoes to corn hole to bocce ball, you can set up a fun area to entertain your guests. For an even simpler assembly, throw down the outdoor Fatboy Picnic Lounge and put a fun twist on any classic board or card game. The oversized picnic blanket is comfy and big enough for everyone to sit and join in on the fun.

5. Have fun and eat lots of dessert!

The most important part of hosting a Father's Day BBQ is to make sure you’re enjoying it too! Dad wants you to have a delightful time and will feed off your attitude, so make sure to have a good one. You worked hard to make this happen so enjoy it. Also, life is short don’t forget to eat dessert!

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